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Kairi was born to the main house of the Mizukami family and was trained in the family's ancient art of hand-to-hand combat. However, Kairi lost his memories when he fought his own father to a fight to the death and for several years he has wandered the world, fighting without rhyme or reason. Only the words "you must challenge your limits" remained in his memories. Led by these words, Kairi thought that the only way to recover his memories was to follow the way of the Shura and fight, replacing his lost memories with the nature of a demon. As he continued fighting, Kairi's hair was turned from black to white and his body began to be covered in scars. Eventually Kairi fought his younger sister Hokuto on several occasions. Despite the attempts of Nanase, the youngest of siblings to stop them, this has been unavoidable fate for Kairi and Hokuto.
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Street Fighter EX

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Street Fighter EX2, Street Fighter EX3, Fighting Ex Layer

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Page Updated:  Aug. 5th, 2018

When I originally saw Kairi in the first SFEX, I thought he was a pretty cool design and used him quite a bit. For one, I was happy to see another "martial arts" inspired character in Street Fighter, rather than some sort of freak design. Kairi's original SFEX fighting style featured some cool moves, and especially, cool combos. On that note, he reminded me a bit of Guy actually. ;)

In SFEX2, I (along with everyone else) was surprised to see Kairi re-designed into quite the badass... he turned out being one of the most powerful characters of the game. I think Kairi's new white-haired look succeeds his original appearance and adds some interesting depth to the character. At the end of the day, he's probably one of the coolest and most mysterious characters from the EX series.

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